Vitamins & Supplements

Healthy Foundation Takes Better Nutrition to the Streets, Classrooms

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

A daily multivitamin can make a profound difference in the health of undernourished children and elderly people. The Healthy Foundation, a California philanthropic group, is providing daily multivitamins to school children in poor communities, elderly shut-ins, and homeless families across the nation.

Multiple Choice: Trying to Make Sense of Multivitamins for Optimal Nutrition

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

The humble multivitamin is one of the most basic health maintenance aids, taken by millions of people daily. It is surprising, then, how little is really known about what should and should not be in a daily "multi." There are literally hundreds of brands, but few guides to help you choose which are best. A look at some recent efforts to make sense of multivitamin mayhem.

Better Bones and Beyond: Vitamin D Is Key in Preventing Inflammatory and Metabolic Diseases

By Alex Vasquez, DC, ND, and John Cannell, MD | Contributing Writers - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

Vitamin D deficiency is widespread, and it leads to more than brittle bones. Deficiency of this key vitamin is associated with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression and certain forms of cancer. Fortunately, this is easily reversible with short periods of sun exposure or vitamin D-rich nutraceutical products.

CoQ10 May Have Role in Preventing Skin Cancer

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 1. Spring, 2004

Coenzyme Q10 is best known for its heart protective effects. But this compound is also a strong antioxidant, which can be absorbed through the skin, where it can reduce carcinogenic UV-mediated dermal damage.

Pycnogenol-Nattokinase Combo Prevents In-Flight Venous Thrombosis

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 5, No. 1. Spring, 2004

Deep vein thrombosis during long airline flights is far more common than many people realize. Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, smoking and chronic fatigue all increase risk. Fortunately, a new combination of nattokinase, a soy-derived enzyme, and pycnogenol, a natural clot-buster from French maritime pine trees, can markedly reduce incidence of this often-deadly condition.

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions (Part 1)

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Many commonly used pharmaceuticals produce depletions of important nutrients that, over time, lead to side-effects, diminished overall nutritional status, and poor health. Fortunately, these depletions are usually correctable with judicious use of supplements. This first in a series of charts addressing this topic reviews depletions associated with common cardiovascular drugs, and the appropriate nutrient dosing needed to reverse the problem.

NutriScan Delivers Science-Based Nutritional Therapy—Individually Wrapped

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

It can be difficult for physicians and patients alike to design a dietary supplementation program that truly meets an individual's metabolic needs. Enter NutriScan, a computerized system for assessing nutritional status and dispensing corrective supplements.

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions (Part 2)

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

The second part in our series of charts describing nutrient depletions caused by commonly used pharmaceuticals. This chart covers hormone replacement, oral contraceptives, and various classes of antibiotics.

Nutritional Therapies, Botanicals Can Improve Outcomes in Chronic Hepatitis

By Lyn Patrick, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

Hepatitis C infection affects roughly 3.9 million Americans, and growing. Conventional therapies are fairly limited and fraught with side effects. Fortunately, natural medicine has much to offer, including milk thistle, plant derived antioxidants, and acupuncture. Lyn Patrick, ND, reviews a variety of nutritional and botanical approaches to treating this serious health challenge.

Spagyric Medicine: Paracelsus' Ancient Methods Make 21st Century Comeback

By Dan Kenner, PhD, Lac | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Spagyric medicine, a form of homeopathy first described roughly 500 years ago, is making something of a resurgence in European and some American clinics.